Rainforest Butterfly: Flight Prep – Lots of Progress

Great progress has been made on various designs and the size of other pieces:

Pink Flowered Evodia Tree base


12″of 22 Gauge Green Colored Copper Wire


The original plan I had in mind to create the pink poofs of flowers for the pink flowered evodia, the preferred tree of the Ulysses Butterfly, was not the best idea for this art installation. Finding a much better yarn immediately brought a great fun design to include in the work. A base of lime green wire crochet with poofy fun yarn is the perfect feel I want to for this piece.


The fruit for the China Pine are done! YAY!!



Slowly growing the Spur Mahogany tree and it’s up to 40cm in diameter!

Spur Mahogany


To watch my day to day progress follow me on Instagram: StudioDeanna

Working Towards the Young Artists’ Books Fair

Artist in Action! Check out the art books my friend Arthur Huang has been industriously putting together for the Young Artist’s Book Fair.

To see his work in person be sure to stop by:  https://arthurjhuang.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/9th-young-artists-book-fair-tokyo-postcard-ヤングアーティストブックフェアー2015-dm/

Still not a Knitter – Success and Failures in 2014

“Learn to Knit” was on my on 2014 New Year’s Resolution list, staring at me all year long. In 2015 that goal is now a stern glare. Or is that a look of jealousy as I play faithfully each day with my crochet hooks?

The beautiful, wood knitting needles that were given to me have sat in a perfectly sized, zip bag that held my Uniqlo Room Shoes, keeping company with the instruction book, lavender yarn, and a small scarf pattern I’d like to try as a first project.

My self-organized “Learn to Knit” Kit:


Otherwise, it has a been a very successful year for me. Many of my resolutions have come to fruition; saving money, applying to artist calls, completing various art projects such as the Electric Butterflies installation, and an artist residency.

Some items have been such a spectacular success that I no longer have time to complete others. My dream to create a wire crocheted immersive butterfly garden art installation is finally happening and consumes most every hour of each day. In Mar/Apr I am to be an Artist Residence in Australia to do research on the Rainforest Butterflies and their preferred fauna in Far North Queensland!

Some resolutions came out differently than expected. For the Tokyo Art Book Fair I had originally planned to put together the cookbook I had been working on but then I came up with a completely different idea using a maps and embroidery work. Love the end results but alas, my plans to put together that cookbook has been set aside for now and I have no idea when I might get to it.

Maybe in 2015…

Friday, Jan 9, 2015 – I made my first knitting stitches!! My lovely friend Ellen took pity on me after seeing my knitting fail post in Instagram and thought me how to knit! I can now cast on and do the garter stitch. I’ve already been asked to knit a pair of socks. Maybe in 2016…